IntelliJ IDEA makes it possible to work with the Markdown files.
The Markdown files are marked with icon.
Before you start working with Markdown, make sure that the Markdown Support plugin is enabled. The plugin is bundled with IntelliJ IDEA and is activated by default. If the plugin is not activated, enable it on the Plugins settings page of the Settings / Preferences Dialog as described in Enabling and Disabling Plugins.
Markdown Support plugin is bundled with IntelliJ IDEA since version 2016.3.
Changes to the UI
With the Markdown Support enabled, the page Markdown appears in the Languages and Frameworks section of the Settings/Preferences dialog.
Note also, that Structure view shows the headings of the various levels:
Creating a Markdown file
To create a Markdown file, follow these steps
The new file
<name>.md, marked with icon, is created and opens for editing.
The editor of a
<name>.md file by default shows the following:
The editor is divided into two panes: the editor itself and the preview. Each of the panes can be hidden.
|Toggle bold mode||Inserts two asterisks before and after the selected text to render bold font.|
|Toggle italic mode||Inserts underscores before and after the selected text to render italic font.|
|Toggle monospaced (code span) mode||Inserts single apostrophes before and after the selected text to render monospaced font.|
|Show editor only||Shows editor only with Markdown syntax.|
|Show editor and preview||Shows editor with Markdown syntax and the corresponding preview. The results of editing are immediately reflected in the preview pane.|
|Show preview only||Shows preview that renders the Markdown syntax. Editing is not possible, and the buttons , and are disabled.|
|Auto-scroll preview||Press this button if you want to automatically scroll from the source code in the editor to the respective location in the preview.|